How baseball and poker can teach us about climate change

From our overstocked archives Sam Smith, 2009  - One thing is clear as the climate change debate chugs along: we need to teach math better in our schools. And it wouldn't hurt if journalism schools taught some math as well. For example, it is apparent that those who argue that one good snow storm destroys … Continue reading How baseball and poker can teach us about climate change

A poker player’s guide to environmental risk assessment

Originally published in 1997 in Sam Smith's Great American Political Repair Manual (WW Norton) Sam Smith Some simple rules 1. Calculate the stakes as well as the odds. 2. The odds of something happening at any moment are not the same as the odds of something ever happening. In ecological calculations -- especially ones in … Continue reading A poker player’s guide to environmental risk assessment

CONSERVATIVE GROUP DENIES HUMAN ROLE IN TRAFFIC JAMS

Progressive Review -  Fresh from raising serious questions about the human role in climate change, a conservative group - People for Driving - has challenged the widely-held belief that people cause traffic jams. They argue that tie-ups are the result of the natural and random ebb and flow of cars. The argument has already raised … Continue reading CONSERVATIVE GROUP DENIES HUMAN ROLE IN TRAFFIC JAMS

What baseball and poker can teach us about climate change

Sam Smith One thing is clear as the climate change debate chugs along: we need to teach math better in our schools. And it wouldn't hurt if journalism schools taught some math as well.  For example, it is apparent that those who argue that one good snow storm destroys the case for climate change never … Continue reading What baseball and poker can teach us about climate change